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Alighiero e Boetti

Bonner Kunstverein

One feels completely at a loss viewing the works of Alighiero e Boetti. What do these minimalist objects have to do with colorfully embroidered pictures and the copied title pages of various magazines? What do the stacked months of a calendar signify? Or the names of the 1,000 longest rivers that have been embroidered so carefully onto canvas? What purpose does the lamp that is never lit serve, or, for that matter, the drawings with the banal subtitles that make jokes about modern art? Apparently nothing unifies these works: they are like individual fragments that landed as if by accident in one room together, but they are no less compelling for their seeming randomness.

As this, his first one-person show in Germany made clear, Boetti’s works deal with the hidden, the coincidental, and the transient. A work from 1967, Pavimento (Floor), which consists of several flat tiles that form a

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